Multilingualism in the Middle Ages

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Principal investigator:

School Humanities
Department English
Dates 2007 - 2009
Funder Leverhulme Trust: Academic Collaboration
Collaborator(s) Prof. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (University of York)., Prof. Lars Boje Mortensen(University of Bergen), Dr Bart Besamusca (University of Utrecht), Prof. Keith Busby (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
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The programme Multilingualism in the Middle Ages is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research programme, set up with the aim of furthering the understanding of the cultural forms and consequences of multilingualism in the medieval west (1000-1500). The intellectual objective of the network and its activities is to advance the understanding of multilingualism in medieval western communities, the majority of which were multilingual (Latin, the clerical lingua franca, competed with French, the language of the court and the nobility, and with various vernacular languages). Our research focuses on multilingual texts and manuscripts and the problems to which they give rise.

the network has brought together an international team of specialists from relevant disciplines. The input of experts in a wide range of European languages and literatures (English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Old Norse, Latin and others) gives us unparalleled opportunities to discover what was distinctive about the particular linguistic situations that obtained in different parts of Western Europe, and distinctive about the ways in which different medieval writers harnassed their linguistic resources to create enduring works of art.